Archbishop Beach Address Regarding “Race” to Anglican Church in North America Provincial Council

“. . . In the US we have struggled to overcome the effects of the systemic racism from our founding days, and we know that changing laws would never be enough. Victories for civil rights, and for the desegregation of…

Archbishop Beach Address Regarding "Race" to Anglican Church in North America Provincial Council

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“. . . In the US we have struggled to overcome the effects of the systemic racism from our
founding days, and we know that changing laws would never be enough. Victories for
civil rights, and for the desegregation of our schools would never be enough. For you see
we don’t have just a skin problem, we have a sin problem . . . ‘ We wouldn’t even have a racial crisis in America if the church had not consistently failed to deal with racism as the severe sin it is. But because the church has historically ignored and downplayed it, the issue still exists. Where the
church is called to set an example, we have cowered.’ ( Dr. Tony Evans of Oak Cliff
Bible Church in Dallas Texas) . . . We have failed to fully and thoroughly and deeply address the problem of sin in our hearts, homes, churches, and nations. And as the Church of Jesus Christ, now even with the rapidly changing ethnic diversity of North America, we are still reeling from the
systemic sins of yesterday . . . I have not understood the burden of living under racist acts, slurs, and systems they have to endure everyday, nor have I understood the fear with which they constantly live for themselves and their families. It is not enough not to be a racist; we must not be blind to the sin of racism and ignore it in our midst.”

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